Whenever someone exclaims to me, “Golly, I wish I could draw like that,” I always tell them that they can. Seriously, I could teach the dog how to draw if he had an opposable thumb. Talent will only take you so far. Drawing or cartooning skill is from years of practice.
Now, having said that, I always think the same thoughts when I go hear live music. Thoughts of “I could never do that.” go rushing through my head. Music is just so foreign to me; I enjoy listening to it, but I can’t grasp the abstract nature of the process, especially in a band setting. How do they all get it right like that, together, all at once? Thinking all of these thoughts, I appreciate the music that much more. Truly a one time miracle that has to be repeated on a regular basis, the concert and coordination of sound.
I saw my friends play in Shelter Belt again this past Saturday, and it is just always so cool to see them and all my other musician friends in other bands play. I’m really lucky. Especially when you think of how many acquaintances invite you to see them play, and how often those acquaintances blow. To have so many talented friends that improve my quality of life with their music, well, like I said… that is just dumb luck.
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